Owls begin season on the road

The Temple Owls will start the 2013 season with a pair of road games against the NJIT Highlanders and the Delaware State Hornets.

Temple will face NJIT on Friday, August 23, followed by matching up against Delaware St. on Sunday, August 25.

The Owls finished last season with a record of 5-12-3 (2-6-1 Atlantic-10), failing to earn a berth in their conference tournament for the 17th straight season. Several offseason changes, such as an induction into the American Athletic Conference and first year coach Seamus O’Connor, have given the program optimism for a fresh start.

Though it loses eight seniors to graduation, Temple retained a couple of experienced veteran players in fifth-year senior forward Jackie Krostek and senior defender Karly O’Toole.

Temple also returns a large number of sophomore starters including All A-10 Rookie team members defender Erin Lafferty and goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff. Lafferty started all 20 games for the Owls in 2012, primarily as a defensive standout, but also recorded a goal. Kerkhoff earned her starting role midway through the season, recording four shutouts and 63 saves in 11 games.

Sophomore midfielder Paige Rachel is another notable sophomore returnees, scoring two goals in 2012.

For NJIT (4-13-3, 2-3), it enters 2013 with a loss of five top goal scorers, who accounted for 11 of it’s 14 total goals last year.

Junior forwards Megan Delavalle and Kylie Jones are the Highlanders leading returners with three total goals scored. Sophomore forward Madeline Griep lead the team with three assist in 2012.

Last season, sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Bersett started all 20 games for NJIT and recorded 115 saves, a .777 save percentage, and four shutouts.

Delaware St. (3-11-1, 2-3) returns 16 letterwinners, including their top two scorers, sophomore forward Taylor Addison and junior forward Chelsea Boursiquot. Addison and Boursiquot combined for six of the team’s nine total scores in 2012.

The Hornets leading goalkeeper junior Katelyn Koslosky also returns, recording 92 saves and a .773 save percentage in 13 games).

In the history of the program, Temple has earned a combined 3-0 record against NJIT and Delaware St.. The most recent matchup came last season against the Highlanders where the Owls won a 1-0 shutout.

Women’s soccer concludes weekend road trip

After a 1-0 loss against St. Bonaventure on Friday, the women’s soccer team will look to grab the second game of the weekend road trip as they visit Duquesne on Sunday at 1 p.m.

“We are going to put what happened on Friday behind us for Sunday’s game,” redshirt-junior forward Jackie Krostek said.

After 86 minutes of scoreless play in Friday’s match, St. Bonaventure junior midfielder Alyssa Lapp headed a ball past freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff, ultimately giving the Bonnies the 1-0 win and their first Atlantic 10 conference win.

Entering the third A-10 match of the season, Temple will look for its first win in conference play. After dropping their first two conference matches to St. Joseph’s and St. Bonaventure, both of which were 1-0 losses, the Owls will look to grab their first A-10 win against a Duquesne team that is also in search of their first conference win.

Last season, the Owls beat A-10 rival Duquesne in a 1-0 shutout. Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Tara Murphy recorded five saves in the shutout win and junior defender Karly O’Toole netted the match’s only goal. Murphy will be forced to sit out against Duquesne after receiving a red card on Friday.

Temple will enter Sunday with a 3-8-2 overall record (0-2-0 in A-10), while Duquesne begins with a 4-7-2 record (0-2-1 in A-10).

“They are going to be a very good team, but ultimately, it’s going to come down to who wants it more,” O’Toole said.

-John Murrow

Women’s soccer travel to St. Bonaventure

Looking for the first win in conference play, the women’s soccer team will travel to St. Bonaventure in its second Atlantic 10 Conference match-up on Friday at 3 p.m.

“I expect this match to be a battle and a close match,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Tara Murphy said.

St. Bonaventure is also searching for its first A-10 conference win, as the Bonnies are 0-2-0 while the Owls are 0-1-0 in conference play on the season.

“They are a typical A-10 team,” junior defender Karly O’Toole said. “They are going to be fast and a good, physical team.”

Last season, Temple tied St. Bonaventure in a 0-0 draw. The match last season was dominated by defensive play and the same is expected in this year’s match, O’Toole said.

Entering the match, the Owls are coming off a 1-0 loss in their first match of A-10 play against St. Joseph’s University. Temple will begin play with a 3-7-2 record overall, while St. Bonaventure will open with an overall 3-8-1 record.

“We are going to have to defend hard like we have and hopefully put some balls in the back of [St. Bonaventure’s] net,” Murphy said.

-John Murrow